Motorola has found some time in between fending off lawsuits from Apple and being bought by Google, to publish a timetable showing its plans for upgrading existing smartphones and tablets to Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.
Posting on its forum, the company extensively roadmaps which handsets and tablets are in line for an upgrade, and when these will arrive.
The time periods are vague, talking in quarters rather than specific months, and sadly it looks like many owners will have to wait a while before their device gets upgraded, but at least you now know. In the US, original Xooms should have already started being upgraded but all other devices are listed as Q2 or beyond.
Here in the UK we can expect Xoom (wifi only) tablets and Razr phones to begin upgrades in Q2 while the new Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition tablets will have to tough it out to Q3. The Atrix, Motoluxe, Xoom WiFi 3G and Pro+ will also be upgraded but are only listed as being in a planning phase for now. Meanwhile, the Defy Mini, Defy+, MILESTONE 2, Defy, Milestone, Charm, Flipout, Milestone XT720, Backflip and Dext will all remain on there existing Android versions, with no upgrade planned.
The post also details how the upgrade process works, in terms of the testing and development Mororola has to do, and why it takes time. So, at least if you have a while to wait you now know why...
Ice Cream Sandwich is the latest version of Android that ties together the previously seperate tablet and phone versions of the the operating system. As well as this new unified style it also brings with it a host of new features and performance upgrades that you can read more about in our review of the first phone to feature the upgrade, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus
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